Concept, Direction, Choreography and Set Design
Premiere date and venue
9 October 2002, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
'IMAGINATIVE, ANGULAR AND ORGANIC'
Eastern Evening News
Performed to Steve Reich's Triple Quartet, with lighting by Lucy Carter and set design by Ursula Bombshell, PreSentient was McGregor's second Rambert commission.
Dedicating the work to departing Rambert director Christopher Bruce, McGregor discussed the creation of PreSentient:
'Steve Reich's Triple Quartet is an airless piece. I was particularly attracted to the punishing and driven wall of sound that relentlessly attacks the atmosphere created by the dense, complex and interlocking rhythmical and tonal structures of the music.
I have attempted to utilise the dancers as a graphic alphabet, a grammar and syntax of violent physicality that battles with claustrophobic choreographic structures to create a sense of unresolved, restless apprehension. A premonition perhaps.'